Andreescu Battles Past Raducanu, Stephens Falls; Gauff, Pegula Tomorrow At Miami Masters

by Staff | March 22nd, 2023, 11:27 pm
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The battle of former US Open champions when the way of Bianca Andreescu who eliminated Emma Raducanu 6-3, 3-6, 6-2.

The 22-year-old Andreescu fired seven aces, saved 11 of 12 break chances. Andreescu didn’t drop a point on second serve it the third set and saved all four break chances.

Raducanu won a marathon 26-point game in the second to go up 5-3 and eventually served it out. But she missed three break chances at the start of the third then was broken to go down 4-2.

“You never know what to expect,” Andreescu told the crowd. “I just came in here wanting to play my best with what I had today, and I think I did that. Emma played amazing. She’s an incredible player and I have a lot of respect for her.

“I didn’t let my negative emotions get the best of me. I stayed positive, I was very energetic and I never gave up.”

Andreescu won the last four games of the match and has now won both of tour-level head-to-head collisions with Raducanu.

“I think that in the third obviously I went Love-40 first game on her serve,” Raducanu said. “She played a few good service points. I missed one second-serve return, which I went for against the wind. Then I think that I was going for my shots early third set, but I was just missing.”

In the evening, former champion Sloane Stephens fell to countrywoman Shelby Rogers 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.

Elsewhere, Madison Brengle got a late retirement from Amanda Anisimova who called it quits down 7-6(7-5), 5-2. Qualifier Karolina Muchova enjoyed an easy victory over Jil Teichmann in straight sets 6-0, 6-2. Aliaksandra Sasnovich toppled Dalma Galfi 6-3, 7-6(7-5). Leylah Fernandez got by Lesia Tsurenko 6-4, 6-3. Sofia Kenin eliminated Storm Hunter 6-0, 7-6(7-5).

Teens Linda Noskova, Robin Montgomery and Erika Andreeva also advanced.

Thursday’s schedule sees the start of second round play led by No. 3 Jessica Pegula who meets Katherine Sebov in a first-time tour-level contest

No. 6 Coco Gauff battles Rebecca Marino, No. 8 Daria Kasatkina collides with Elise Mertens, No. 10 Elena Rybakina will battle Anna Kalinskaya, No. 12 Liudmila Samsonova faces Viktorija Golubic, No. 13 Beatriz Haddad Maia squares off against Tereza Martincova and former champion and No. 14 seed Victoria Azarenka faces Camila Giorgi.

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